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Search, visualize and share ILOSTAT data 

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Build a labour force survey questionnaire using the ILO model

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This course aims to equip participants with the skills needed to use STATA to analyse the labour market for evidence-based policy-making, including SDG and decent work indicators. Using a step-by-step approach, it provides practical skills and tips for analysing labour-market data with a view to constructing and interpreting decent work and SDG indicators. There will be a thematic focus on employment outcomes, but the impact techniques explored are equally applicable to interventions targeting other socio-economic outcomes.

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STATA for labour market analysis

29 July 2019 - 02 August 2019, Turin Centre ITC-ILO

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The ILO and the Mastercard Foundation launched a project to provide comprehensive national-level data on youth in the labour market, including indicators on the transition from school to work. During the one-year project, the Mastercard Foundation will support the ILO in creating a new, regularly updated database, called YouthSTATS.

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Mastercard Foundation partnering with ILO to create new and improved database on youth in the labour market

12 March 2019

Featured publications

Decent Work and the Sustainable Development Goals: Guidebook on SDG Labour Market Indicators

Guidebook on SDG Labour Market Indicators

This publication is an introduction to labour market indicator analysis and a guide for analysing household survey data using the ADePT ILO Labour Market Indicators Module. The ADePT software allows researchers and practitioners to automate data production, to minimize data production errors and to quickly produce a wide range of labour market data from labour force surveys or other household surveys that contain labour market information.

Spotlight on Work Statistics: 	 Labour market access - a persistent challenge for youth around the world

The working poor - or how a job is no guarantee of decent living conditions

This issue of ILOSTAT’s Spotlight on work statistics focuses on employed people living in extreme poverty around the world. Using ILO’s global estimates of employment by economic class, it shows the great progress achieved during the last few decades in reducing working poverty in the world, and how more effort is still needed to completely eradicate it, particularly considering the strong regional disparities.

Statistics on Work - Brief No. 1 - What counts?

Exploring Light Time-Use approaches for measuring productive activities

The Statistics on Work - Brief No. 1 explores the potential role of light time-use approaches to measure productive activities in view of the latest standards on work statistics adopted by the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in 2013. Country practices in light time-use survey designs are scarce. The Brief provides a critical overview of the available evidence, highlighting their cost-effectiveness and respondent-friendly features as key assets for their potential integration with Labour Force Surveys to measure different forms of work, provided context variables and simultaneous activities are included. The Brief further identifies the need for testing in developing countries, where challenges related to illiteracy and informality will need to be addressed in the instrument design and data collection strategy.

Key Labor Market Indicators: Analysis with Household Survey Data

ILOSTAT Microdata processing quick guide: Principles and methods underlying the ILO's processing of anonymized household survey microdata

This Quick Guide presents the anonymized microdata processing undertaken by the Data Production and Analysis Unit of the ILO's Department of Statistics. It describes why and how the unit carries out this activity, as well as the potential expansion of this work. It also mentions considerations and limitations to take into account by data users.

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We deliver comprehensive labour statistics for better evidence-based policymaking

The ILO Department of Statistics is the focal point to the United Nations for labour statistics. Our goals are to (1) develop international standards for better measurement of labour issues and enhanced international comparability; (2) provide relevant, timely and comparable labour statistics; and (3) help Member States develop and improve their labour statistics.

We work on setting international standards in the field of labour statistics mainly through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS), during which Resolutions and Guidelines are adopted by the Conference and then approved by the Governing Body of the ILO.

We have an active programme of methodological research to identify and promote good practices in the collection and reporting of labour statistics. This work is done both to provide support to countries and to inform ongoing standard setting work. The research work spreads across a wide range of topics with a changing focus over time reflecting latest demands and work required to support standard setting and implementation.

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We compile labour statistics from numerous sources such as labour force surveys, establishment surveys and administrative records. 

We also produce labour market indicators from national household survey microdata and estimate country-level, regional and global figures through econometric modelling.

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The data we compile and produce are disseminated on ILOSTAT through a variety of data tools. They are also widely re-published by other organizations, most notably by the World Bank in the World Development Indicators database. 

We also analyse trends, which are published in our blog and in statistical briefs such as Spotlight on Work Statistics.

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We provide technical cooperation, assistance and training in labour statistics to our Member States. Our areas of expertise include the application of international standards, data production, analysis and dissemination tools and practices.

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